SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A local virtual Sunshine Concert is set for the upcoming weeks. It is being put together by Spotswood High School Drama and Communication Arts teacher Annie Raczko.

"I was inspired by Broadway star Laura Benanti's initiative to do a Sunshine Concert for senior citizens and people that are isolated due to Covid-19," Raczko explained. "So, I decided that this sunshiney initiative should beam some rays of hope on our local community during these troubling times. Thus, in collaboration with Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek and the Spotswood Drama Club, we are sponsoring a Local Sunshine Virtual Concert, for THE SHOW MUST GO ONline!"

"Hopefully, this is going to be a really powerful and positive opportunity for the arts of our collective towns to shine," Raczko continued. "I want to drum up as much interest as possible in the young and older members of our communities! We are all dealing with isolation, alienation and loss. I know that students from both Appleby Elementary and Spotswood High are feeling a collective loss with our postponed shows, not to mention the audiences that love to come out and support them."
 
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Raczko is asking artists of all ages to submit a video of a song and/or dance to the Local Sunshine Virtual Concert by May 1. Videos should be filmed horizontally and must include an introduction with the performer's name and what he or she is performing. Videos should be emailed to araczko@spsd.us.
 
The complete concert will be shared virtually with Spotswood, Helmetta and Milltown residents. The video will also be featured on the Spotswood Drama Club's YouTube account. An official release date of the concert has not been announced, but residents can stay tuned by following the Spotswood Drama Club on Instagram and Facebook.
 
"Music has the power to heal," Raczko added.